South Africa v India, 2nd ODI, Johannesburg January 16, 2011

We weren't smart enough - Smith

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When Graeme Smith was "done by a good slower ball" with the score on 152 for 5, there was a sense that the domino effect and South Africa's batting line-up were on a collision course. South Africa only needed 39 runs to win, and with five wickets in hand it should have been a doddle, but they tripped over their long tail and gave Wanderers it's most thrilling finish since the 438 game.

At the post-match press conference, no one wanted to ask Smith the obvious question because the answer was there on his face for all to see. Smith looked a downcast, disappointed and, in some ways, quietly angry man. There were no excuses. There was no arrogance, and no sense that he was feeling hard done by, despite Johan Botha having been given lbw when the ball hit only bat at a crucial stage of the game. There was just an empty, expressionless man who was clearly unhappy with the world.

"We weren't smart enough, especially with the bat," Smith said. South Africa allowed India to defend the second-lowest total at Wanderers, after the hosts had reached a position from where they could have won with at least ten overs to spare. They had no business losing, with Smith's 77 setting them up and the chance to go 2-0 up in the series presented to them on a platter.

The pitch, traditionally loaded with runs, was not vastly different to those of the past. The moisture may have made it slightly more difficult for batting, but it wasn't a snake pit, and Smith admitted that his batsmen needed to show more commitment. "I don't think it was a free flowing wicket, it was not easy to play your shots, you had to work hard out there. It required a solid performance."

Smith was the master of solidity, punishing the bad balls and setting a brisk pace. There were periods when it looked like both Colin Ingram and JP Duminy would able to hang around with him. Without Jacques Kallis and the experience he offers, one of the two had to play a more mature role. Ingram eventually fell to Harbhajan, and there was little he could do about that, but Duminy was criminal in going for the big heave-ho and getting caught on the long-on boundary for 13. Smith didn't name and shame but he may well have been referring to that moment when he said, "We needed to be a bit more solid, instead of searching for those glory shots."

David Miller, whose position has also been under scrutiny, showed his ability to hit those glory shots with three fours and stunning six straight down the ground. Although he didn't go out to a big shot, he wasn't balanced enough while pulling Zaheer Khan. Perhaps Smith's statement also made reference to that.

It would be cruel to think the captain was talking about Wayne Parnell, who played a cut straight to point with two runs and ample time left to win. Parnell's heartache was evident as he bit his helmet strap and stood statue like for what seemed like hours after he was dismissed. He should have had more trust in Lonwabo Tsotsobe, King Midas on the night, who surely would have turned his bat to gold as well, and taken a single to let the game reach its obvious conclusion. Parnell may still be too young and inexperienced to have thought of all of that, and that's why South Africa have to find someone with a bit more game time under his belt to carry such responsibilities.

Smith thought he should have led his team to the finish. "If I could have batted through, it would have been wonderful. I don't think I gave my wicket away though and we still should have got over the line."

Albie Morkel's name will be bandied about, probably before Faf du Plessis', as the allrounder with experience to come in and carry the load. For Smith, it's not player replacement that is needed, but rather thought replacement. "We have to pick ourselves up. We haven't become bad players because of one performance. We'll have to work on our decision making."

While they do that, they'll also have to buy earplugs to avoid hearing the one word that will hurt the most, particularly before a World Cup. Smith was lucky he didn't hear it during the post-match presser. Uttering the ch-word here is close to committing treason. Most were thinking it, though, even India's captain MS Dhoni. "It's one thing that will always follow them whether the opposition says it or not, like India and our record in tri-series finals. It's one thing that will haunt them and you can't really run away from it."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 19, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    @spelele thanks for the predictions. lol

  • on January 19, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    India is is playing wonderful cricket and show why they are the favourites to win the world cup. SA on the other hand can't seem to advance their position when they have the upper hand. Like today they allow the opportunity to slip through their fingers.

  • on January 18, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    Congratulations to team India for fetching a great win that seemed impossible. For South Africa, I think they bowled very well to limit India to only 190. They had every chance to win it, but they threw it away as they have often done. That is why they have not done well in any big event of ICC and have not won World Cup so far though they have deserved it for many years now.

  • landl47 on January 18, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    This is the reason SA are not favored to win the World Cup. They probably have the most talented line-up, player for player, in the world, but time after time they lose matches they should have won. They simply don't seem to have the discipline to play as they should with the game on the line. Smith has been captain a long time and things have got no better under him. I'd relieve him of the captaincy and look for a captain with better leadership skills.

  • on January 17, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    South Africa threw this match away - was highly disappointing to see us throwing wickets away, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Well done to India for never giving up, but SA should really have won this game at a canter.

  • Spelele on January 17, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Nice 2 c India "bounce back". I cud drop the inverted commas, but I just can't believe that SA could lose after getting to that position. I guess its a strategy. Get this no-good Indian "C-grade" team to think they can win & then thrash them by 4 - 1. Very smart, although Smith doesnt agree. On another note, this gives S.A ample time to sort out their batting woes before the WC. They've just been too over-reliant on Amla's cracking starts this season. And Smith: nice to see that he is back in form bcoz I've just thought that he's been too eager to score at the same rate, or even outscore Hashim, which was really unnecessary. When Hash is going so well at the other end, all he has to do is play the bowling from the non-striker's end. He should really be cashing in while Hash is in form and not getting out to silly shots. Good 2 see S.A not going 2 an ICC championship as the serious favourites. As 4 the nxt game, well, India without Tendulkar? I predict a 4 - 1 thrashing from now on.

  • nightcrawler8426 on January 17, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    i was amazed by some of the comments below....we played better than SA...in test and as well in ODI...they can't even scored 191...why don't we give credit to team IND??

  • on January 17, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    @Chirag: the "ch - word" is choke..

  • fadms on January 17, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    India should not get over themselves with this victory. Yes you won but you were merely lucky. All the best to the Proteas in the remaininig matches. Trounce India!!!!

  • SHAMEEM.MK on January 17, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    I think India was lucky to win. Probabley this is the only match India would register a Victory. The rest of the matches in the series are likely to loose.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 19, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    @spelele thanks for the predictions. lol

  • on January 19, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    India is is playing wonderful cricket and show why they are the favourites to win the world cup. SA on the other hand can't seem to advance their position when they have the upper hand. Like today they allow the opportunity to slip through their fingers.

  • on January 18, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    Congratulations to team India for fetching a great win that seemed impossible. For South Africa, I think they bowled very well to limit India to only 190. They had every chance to win it, but they threw it away as they have often done. That is why they have not done well in any big event of ICC and have not won World Cup so far though they have deserved it for many years now.

  • landl47 on January 18, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    This is the reason SA are not favored to win the World Cup. They probably have the most talented line-up, player for player, in the world, but time after time they lose matches they should have won. They simply don't seem to have the discipline to play as they should with the game on the line. Smith has been captain a long time and things have got no better under him. I'd relieve him of the captaincy and look for a captain with better leadership skills.

  • on January 17, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    South Africa threw this match away - was highly disappointing to see us throwing wickets away, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Well done to India for never giving up, but SA should really have won this game at a canter.

  • Spelele on January 17, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Nice 2 c India "bounce back". I cud drop the inverted commas, but I just can't believe that SA could lose after getting to that position. I guess its a strategy. Get this no-good Indian "C-grade" team to think they can win & then thrash them by 4 - 1. Very smart, although Smith doesnt agree. On another note, this gives S.A ample time to sort out their batting woes before the WC. They've just been too over-reliant on Amla's cracking starts this season. And Smith: nice to see that he is back in form bcoz I've just thought that he's been too eager to score at the same rate, or even outscore Hashim, which was really unnecessary. When Hash is going so well at the other end, all he has to do is play the bowling from the non-striker's end. He should really be cashing in while Hash is in form and not getting out to silly shots. Good 2 see S.A not going 2 an ICC championship as the serious favourites. As 4 the nxt game, well, India without Tendulkar? I predict a 4 - 1 thrashing from now on.

  • nightcrawler8426 on January 17, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    i was amazed by some of the comments below....we played better than SA...in test and as well in ODI...they can't even scored 191...why don't we give credit to team IND??

  • on January 17, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    @Chirag: the "ch - word" is choke..

  • fadms on January 17, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    India should not get over themselves with this victory. Yes you won but you were merely lucky. All the best to the Proteas in the remaininig matches. Trounce India!!!!

  • SHAMEEM.MK on January 17, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    I think India was lucky to win. Probabley this is the only match India would register a Victory. The rest of the matches in the series are likely to loose.

  • on January 16, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    Although India won the match, the result looks more because of carelessness from SA batsmen. Batsmen like Ingram and JP Duminy are very good but they have to ensure they bat for some more time than playing rash shots.

    And I don't believe Botha to be a bad player. He generally does his job well from a bowling point of view.

  • Alexk400 on January 16, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    only steyn , morkel , tsotobe and rest should be full time batsman and part time bowlers. BOTHA IS UTTER WASTE in my opinion.

  • skepticaloptimist on January 16, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    @Irafan Pathan supporters: I have absolutely nothing against Irfan, and he used to be a valuable asset for the Indian team, but now, seriously? I can't believe that people are actually asking for Pathan's comeback. He has done absolutely nothing to earn a place back in the Indian team. His "pace" bowling is pretty much similar to Anil Kumble's spin bowling without turn. His batting lacks consistency, and even technique. He originally came as a fast bowler who could bat, but his efforts to transform into a bowling all rounder hampered his development as a bowler, and his technique was never adequate for an all rounder's technique. Besides, he has been injured for past 6 months; there is absolutely no reason why he should even be considered for the side. If he can work hard, and script a comeback like Ashish Nehra's or even Munaf Patel's- to a certain extent- there's no doubt that he can make it to the Indian side. But please, right now? No way!

  • on January 16, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Yes Mr Smith you figured it out perfectly right. This was one of the most stupid giveaways of wickets against one of the most poorly talented bowling attacks in the world. You are the team that chased 434 against the best of that time, and losing like that against a vunerable opponent is very disappointing. I could digest this if India had won this edge of the seat game batting second, but seriously how in this world can you perish before the malnurished indian attack.

  • RAAJ101 on January 16, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    MISTER SMITH IN CRICKET THERE ARE NO IFS AND BUTS. PLEASE GIVE CREDIT TO INDIA FOR PULLING OFF AN INCREDIBLE VICTORY.

  • on January 16, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    @MAAkumar Do you follow domestic crcicket at all..or for that matter irfan pathan or what he has done in last say 6 months . he has been injured and hasnn't even been playing ranji matches lets forget ODis ..he is not match fit no performances to back up his selection .. people should invest look what a player's current state is before popping names for the WC squad..

  • Gordo85 on January 16, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    I really think that Faf du Plessis must come in and replace Parnell. Today was evidence you can't rely on the bowlers to win you games with the bat. So what you would do on this occasion is play three seam bowlers and basicly two spinners and Duminy. Botha would go down the order to where Parnell is in the batting order while Faf du Plessis would bat where Miller is batting and have Miller push down to seven since he needs some practice, it might be abit too low for Miller but then he gets game time as well. To me that is a much stronger batting line up. The beauty of this team is Faf du Plessis doesn't even have to bowl because you still have Duminy of course. I just don't think Parnell is bowling good enough. You could always as well pick Peterson infront of Faf du Plessis to replace Parnell if they were worried about Faf du Plessis failing under pressure.

  • AKmAK on January 16, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    I can tell u the same to Smith regarding 1st ODI. Anyway.. Please bring back IRFAN PATHAN.. give couple of games before WC. Definitely he will gonna win WC for INDIA. Please Selectors.. India needed a Allrounder very very badly.. Bring and WIN. All the best Pathan Bros...

  • on January 16, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    What's that ch-word? I couldn't figure it out.

  • BDHUNTER on January 16, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    SA has prove their ability and status 1 sec,and ultimate result is "CHOKER".......The mentality of SA player is not as strong as pakistan,india even Australia now a days...I think they need work on how to increase mental strenght , game plan is not required for them in this stage. I think it will be better if they heir Steve waugh,even Kallis to make SA "Choker" become self confident,more survival capacity in accord situation.....................

  • stevedd on January 16, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Mr. Smith, kindly clear your doubts regarding india's strenght. if u ever want to win handsomely against India, select a good team, players who are bold and hard hitters like Dave jacobs, Rillee roussouw etc, pushing Amla, Ingram, Miller will never win you any cup!! still there is enough time to think before you play ur final X1!!! you need a klusener to win a cup and not miller, parnell, botha, steyn, morkel, tsotsobe (ur last 6 r undependable), to add South Africa's last 6 batsmen r the worst compared to any team.

  • baobabjim on January 16, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    as Smith said it is about thought replacement. With less then 2 runs needed per over and about 10 ten overs in hand, the way Steyn, Morkel and Parnell got out was criminal. Hopefully a wake-up call now before WC.

  • on January 16, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    190 plays 189 on one of the best batting tracks in the world?! We aren't looking at the World Cup winners here!

  • on January 16, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    South Africa is missing their theme. They are a unit known for their All round ability, all rounders . BUt this thing is missing completely from current South African XI. That was one of the most obvious reason for their loss in this match. BUt , if you go by their tradition in such matches , they really did justice to it once again. INDIANS have pulled off such victory many more in recent time. This is the mixture of bit f luck and whole lots of confidence which this current Indian team has got. But what was more than anything in this match was cricket winning once again. When top 2 are in the centre to have a battle, you can see such games anytime no matter the match is spread over five days or completes in just 8 hours.

  • vjay88 on January 16, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    A fighting display by India. South Africa bowled very well restricting India to 190 was a good effort. But they made tough work of what could have been an easy chase. Like always SA crumbled under pressure while India kept their cool, and that explains depite being a good side they have failed to make it big and never won a world cup. It was a game of handling pressure and India did it well while SA couldn't. The Ingrams, Millers and Parnel's are good prospects but still being young aren't good enough to handle pressure in big games. All the SA batsmen who got out played glory shots which wasn't needed when the require rate was well under control. they could have won the game in singles. Its time SA look at some match winners like Boucher and Albie Morkel who have proved their ability in several ocassions. Someone like Albie at 7 is a sure thing that SA is missing...

  • sasidev on January 16, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    TOUGH TASK; BUT JOB WELL DONE. Bowlers tried their best to pitch in right areas more often. Nehras best balls were after that six over midwicket. Zaheer was brilliant at the end. There were loose deliveries too, why 130kph speedsters bowl short pitch to Smith. Bouncers must be delivered with attitude. New ball does not produces 2+ wickets for India; that issue has to be soled out. Once Duminy chose to get out, India had 50% chance. Munaf done well to earn his last three wickets. One & only trick missed by Dhoni was the no fielders inside; SA helped it with Batting Powerplay. MSD must thank Smith for that. Good LUCK

  • rohanblue on January 16, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    sa cnt win in indian conditions,bt they have the ultimate bowling line up fr sa conditions, sa team is choker, and their captain mr.smith is a joker, always makes fun of himself, lolzz

  • varun610 on January 16, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    If India can rest all his big players to test their bench strength against the Newzealand main team at their soil and succeeded, why south afrca dont test their bench strength against this weakest india ODI team without Sachin,Sehwag,Gautam and Praveen.Now even if they beat this team, it will not do any good to their confidence for the world cup as they know they are not playing against the real team india and the world cup will altogether will be a different game where SA have a long tradition to crumble in.Hope this time will also not be different for them.

  • on January 16, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Good that Smith admits that they are not smart enough. Time and again they have proved the chokers tag in a crunch game. The last ball runout in the 99 world cup, the d/l rule miscalculation in the 2003 world cup all adds to foolishness and aptly justifies smith's admission of not being smart enough

  • Shamshad05 on January 16, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    True South Africa has got the tag "chokers".Wonder why South Africa is keeping back van WYK who devastated the Indian bowling in the only T20 they played this series with his effortless big & clean hitting.He should figure in a WORLD XI team. I want this message to reach Graeme Smith and the selectors.

    Brgds Shamshad

  • Pits76 on January 16, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    Vijay needs to be sent back home and at least forgotten as far as ODI's are concerned. move on with rohit, hes useless, lot of better batsman out there in domestic circuit. send both of them home, call rahane to replace vijay, and yusuf to replace rohit for the next game.

    india clearly needs to look beyond these two...

  • on January 16, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    To be true, this was a boring game. almost all the batsmen struggled, except smith, yuvi and kohli. Most of the wickets fell to balls which dont deserve a wicket. Batsmen failed to apply themselves for the situation, instead they preferred to heroisms.. And duly led to downfall. May be the right time to look back and realise what T20 has done to young batsmen around the world. M.Vijay, Ingram, Miller, Raina, Duminy, Sharma all went to poor shots, trying to do heroism. Gosh...!!! Pity these talented batsmen.

  • Wisebloke on January 16, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    I really wish Wayne Parnell to succeed. Unfortunately, he has to go away and work on his batting abilities. His confidence, placement and physical strength in getting the ball over the rope is somewhat still awry. The same happened last night as what happend in the Under 19 world cup final under his captaincy. Sorry to say, RSA find an allrounder like Klusener or Parnell needs to bat last or at least learn how to win.

  • on January 16, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    A real heart- breaker for team SA and SA suporters - feel bacd for them. India will have to do better than depend on these lucky wins if they are win this series. Sachin, Raina and Rohit Sharma will have to pull up their socks. With the exception of Yuraj and Dhoni in this match, none batted with any level of confidence against world class bowling attack. Sehwag and Gambhir are sorely missed. Its time Sachin applies himself and get some support from others.

  • Arvind3 on January 16, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Albie Morkel is what SA needs!

  • Jim1207 on January 16, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    Obvious solution is Albie Morkel, SA ignore him as if they have more valuable resource. The truth is, as this match chokes... err, shows, that they don't have a lower order player who can win either with bat or ball like Albie. SA blame Albie for inconsistency. This is where Dhoni stands out! In most of the matches for CSK, Dhoni used Albie as match winner, its all about the captain & coach knowing a player's strength and using him in a way he would give his best. South Africa doesn't win world cup or crucial matches because of this one reason. Dhoni knows Albie's ability more than any South African.

  • animon on January 16, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Dear Smith... Please understand that allrounding performnace ( for Bowlers) means not only beating batsmen then spitting all around the ground / showing faces with lipping tongue out like warewolf...... but also to see the team home when they need only handfull of runs in plenty balls remaining... ( should see the video of the innings of V. Prasad ,Javagal Sreenath & Kumble the three who took their team home against The Mighty Australia (At That Time) or The heroism of Ahgelo Mathews & Lasit Malinga.. Who took their team Home.. Against againg Aus very recently). Please see the left out Albie.. Morkel... he also used to beat batsmen in & aorund there... off stump but without any particular show offs.... its time to undersatnd your team for world cup.. or else... like always will return empty handed....

  • kazzen87 on January 16, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Faf du Plessis should be replaced for David Miller, Imran Tahir should be replaced for Wayne Parnell

  • varun610 on January 16, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Now SA have a great chance to beat C grade India team without Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir and Praveen Kumar.You could easily imagine the result if full strength India team play against SA without Smith,Amla,Kallis and AB. Now even if India lost the series 1-4, there is nothing to worry as it will give SA false belief that they are best.This C grade india team in the absence of its first 4 choice players, is not better than even Zimbabwe team of today.So, if SA wants to make the remaining matches interesting they should also field a team without amla,AB,Kallis and Smith.

  • on January 16, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    if u dont analyze then how can you improve...as smith said SA was not smart at all.

  • slowerball on January 16, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Mr. Smith needs go to Washington! Just need to figure out why they couldn't hold their nerve, like India did. The last recorded 1 run loss was also by SA to Ind. Personally, I don't mind a couple more by SA (vs Ind only!), esp during WC'11 ;) other than that SA need to work on their nerves.

  • on January 16, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Finally we Indians won!!! victory is victory which matters most .....rest r excuses... Thumbs up to team India..^ :)

  • on January 16, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    A frightening display by the India Batsmen & a brave display by the Indian bowlers. What a match! Lonwabo Tsotsobe, was the peak of the bowlers for SA & Munaf was India's reply for Tsotsobe :)

    Most cricket matches are dominated by batsmen, but these matches where the bowlers gets to do all the things, turnout to be very interesting :)

    But yea, I still think umpiring should have been up to the mark, considering the level of the game.

    But for SA, they can hear every one saying to them in their dream, that one dreaded word, which has been associated with SA cricket team for a long time.

    Do I need to utter it, I guess not :D

    Being an Indian supporter, I almost lost my sleep after the match .. What a match :) Hope India continues its good run in the games to follow :)

    Regards KKR

  • on January 16, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    This is ultimate tragedy for South Africa..............This is what CAPTAIN COOL can do..............he can really turn around the game even at the last moment.......when just 3 runs were needed and 2 wickets were in hand,, it might have well been a mind game to come through it...........but India have shown what they are playing for.........congratulations Mahi and team India!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 16, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    ur not good enough to beat any team in world u will lose to bangladesh also in the world cup

  • on January 16, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    you surely werent ....mr.smith...yet i think this small mistake of takin a powerplay in a needless situation was just to boost miller's confidence....hope u realise tat this ones totally a revolutionised team for the one tat came to sa in 2006...

  • cooljack_143 on January 16, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Smith is overreacting here..Come on man!!!!!!!! you have such a wonderful line up.Steyn,Morkel,AB,Amla and Kallis to come.What more do you want.Its just one of those days.every one has faults..just keep it behind and go ahead.think like DHoni, past is past.He always says..SA has high calliber than India (who dont have their performers and depending on parttimers) to win this series.Go SA go..you have champions to win.Gool luck both teams.

  • on January 16, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Mr. smith.........................this is called Indian team fighting spirit!!!!!!!!!!! I got remembrance of the world cup win where India has won world cup against almighty West Indian team. Cricket is the game win or lose will be there.Congratulation to the Indian team.This is very good result against SA IN SA

  • SnowSnake on January 16, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    I think Smith should consider it as a bad day and move on. There is no need to over analyze this loss. Sometimes ODIs look like T20s yielding a random result.

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  • SnowSnake on January 16, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    I think Smith should consider it as a bad day and move on. There is no need to over analyze this loss. Sometimes ODIs look like T20s yielding a random result.

  • on January 16, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Mr. smith.........................this is called Indian team fighting spirit!!!!!!!!!!! I got remembrance of the world cup win where India has won world cup against almighty West Indian team. Cricket is the game win or lose will be there.Congratulation to the Indian team.This is very good result against SA IN SA

  • cooljack_143 on January 16, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Smith is overreacting here..Come on man!!!!!!!! you have such a wonderful line up.Steyn,Morkel,AB,Amla and Kallis to come.What more do you want.Its just one of those days.every one has faults..just keep it behind and go ahead.think like DHoni, past is past.He always says..SA has high calliber than India (who dont have their performers and depending on parttimers) to win this series.Go SA go..you have champions to win.Gool luck both teams.

  • on January 16, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    you surely werent ....mr.smith...yet i think this small mistake of takin a powerplay in a needless situation was just to boost miller's confidence....hope u realise tat this ones totally a revolutionised team for the one tat came to sa in 2006...

  • on January 16, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    ur not good enough to beat any team in world u will lose to bangladesh also in the world cup

  • on January 16, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    This is ultimate tragedy for South Africa..............This is what CAPTAIN COOL can do..............he can really turn around the game even at the last moment.......when just 3 runs were needed and 2 wickets were in hand,, it might have well been a mind game to come through it...........but India have shown what they are playing for.........congratulations Mahi and team India!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 16, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    A frightening display by the India Batsmen & a brave display by the Indian bowlers. What a match! Lonwabo Tsotsobe, was the peak of the bowlers for SA & Munaf was India's reply for Tsotsobe :)

    Most cricket matches are dominated by batsmen, but these matches where the bowlers gets to do all the things, turnout to be very interesting :)

    But yea, I still think umpiring should have been up to the mark, considering the level of the game.

    But for SA, they can hear every one saying to them in their dream, that one dreaded word, which has been associated with SA cricket team for a long time.

    Do I need to utter it, I guess not :D

    Being an Indian supporter, I almost lost my sleep after the match .. What a match :) Hope India continues its good run in the games to follow :)

    Regards KKR

  • on January 16, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Finally we Indians won!!! victory is victory which matters most .....rest r excuses... Thumbs up to team India..^ :)

  • slowerball on January 16, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Mr. Smith needs go to Washington! Just need to figure out why they couldn't hold their nerve, like India did. The last recorded 1 run loss was also by SA to Ind. Personally, I don't mind a couple more by SA (vs Ind only!), esp during WC'11 ;) other than that SA need to work on their nerves.

  • on January 16, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    if u dont analyze then how can you improve...as smith said SA was not smart at all.